Glass-art is made primarily by artists like me for decorative purposes to be displayed at home and office by our patrons. With the turns and twists in our paths, art is appreciated in the most unlikely of places by the most unlikely of people and used in the most unlikely of ways—which means that art has to fit into our patron’s everyday life—something everybody can use and wear!
In the most simplest way that I can explain is that every type of art has form and content. Content of a piece of art is based upon what the artist has/had in mind—-the idea, the thought process of the piece becoming a finished product. What did the artist want to portray? Was the artist able to portray the vision successfully? Finally, how does the public react to the finished piece? These are just some of the questions that come to the fore-front when thinking about usable ART. The other aspect of art is the form—the physicality of the piece—the physical materials used, the principles and the rules and regulations of design and of course the elements/raw materials used. In this case—-Glass.
Though the rules of Art should be mastered for safety reasons and to keep the integrity of the chosen field, I feel the rules should be stretched and broken to make your own identity. As I have always said, respect, know and understand the rules well before you can break them.
Glass Art can be made in so many different ways—in the hot-shop, flame-worked at the torch, formed in the kiln, cut glass at the wheel, cut and soldered together as in stained glass. These are just some of the different ways of making glass-art.
These various facets of making glass art can be combined to achieve very distinctive styles. Skillfully mixing and matching and pushing the limits is what gives the artist an edge to bring unique designs and visions to life.
Decorative tumblers, artistic blown bowls, eye catching vases, beads, outstanding unique wall decor, keep sake boxes are just a few of the things that are used daily made of glass.